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Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...

DCMF Leads Charge in Middle East/Africa Media & Information Literacy Plan

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Qatar has embarked on an ambitious plan to ensure that public and private schools in the Arab Gulf emirate are fully media and information literate by 2014. It is also aiming further afield to reach institutions in the Middle East and Africa.

How One Man Uses Art To Make Sense Of The World

Mark L. Smith | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Mark L. Smith

I made Arabic as part of my "Hope Suite" of 44 works on paper. In 2008, I found myself surprised by a newfound hope for our country and wanted to memo...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Glory Years

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Naked Neo Lladro figurines draped in mini bikinis comply with local mores in Sharjah where authorities have asked shopkeepers to "behead" mannequins a...

America Meets and Greets the World... in Mississippi!

Saul Gitlin | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Saul Gitlin

Established by the federal government in 2002, The Language Flagship is, today, a national network of 26 intensive programs located at 22 academic institutions and 10 overseas centers.

Roula Ayoubi R.I.P., A Valiant Lebanese Journalist

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.10.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

I met her once, but I already knew her. Roula Ayoubi was that distinctive voice I heard countless times on the BBC's Arabic Service newscasts reporti...

Ali "No Problem" Almarrany, Yemen's Inspiration Media Miracle

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Try getting on TV if you're telegenic with an instinct for news. Try again if you lost an eye as a poverty-stricken child from Yemen where even your r...

Social Networks & Knowledge Society Examined at ASF 2013

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Social networks can and should contribute to knowledge-based societies in the Arab world but their users and the direction they take need closer inspe...

Bassem Youssef's Punchlines Wound Egypt's Rulers

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't keep track of multiple events on the dizzying Egyptian media landscape. But Bassem Youssef and his run-ins with authorities over charges o...

Education Diplomacy: Hillary Clinton's Global Learning Legacy

Lisa Petrides | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Lisa Petrides

The Open Book Project, which Clinton announced in one of her final acts of diplomacy last week, is a concept that some might call naïve and others, brilliant.

Implications of Political Change in the Central African Republic

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.

The Case for an Arts-Based Approach to Language Learning

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Thousands of public schools stopped teaching foreign languages in the first decade of this century. Those that do often struggle to find staff and engaging, affordable resources ... and evidence that their programs are working.

Alone Together: Transnational Poems of Two Lebanese Women

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2012 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Alone Together blossomed out of their friendship and what began as correspondence by snail mail which continued through emails, with Mojabber Mourani pouring out her thoughts in English, and Yacoub Haddad expressing herself in Arabic.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Gets To Know The Neighborhood

Katie Beck | Posted 06.22.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

The neighborhood has been in protracted decline: Large family homes have been turned into cheap hotels and apartments. Pizza and kebab shops abound.

Living Out The Sacred Word

Homayra Ziad | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Homayra Ziad

I may pull the Quran down from the topmost shelf, and sit in silent recitation, but if the Quran cannot be read in the movement of my limbs, the angle of my chin, the way I walk, sit and hold someone's hand, it is as if it had never been written at all.

I'll Remember, Insha'Allah

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

The main reason for Muslims to say insha'Allah is to recognise that an event in the future will happen only if God wills it.

The Birth Of The Bab

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

The Bab in many of his works showed how some of the most seemingly mundane things can be infused with deep spiritual understanding.

10 Years Later, We Must Do Better

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

In many ways the world has changed in 10 years, but in many ways it has not. We simply do not understand the Middle East as well as we should.

Film On Lebanese Religious Tensions

Posted 10.08.2011 | Arts

Actress and director Nadine Labaki has made a career out of her inquiries into Lebanese sociology, culminating in her latest film, Where Do We Go Now?...

Arab Leaders to Youth: You Cannot Find a Job, but You Can Go to a Concert

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 09.24.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

There are real problems that not even the A-list Lebanese singers can address. Leaders should lead by creating jobs, not throwing parties and becoming concert promoters.

Top 10 Ways to Take Our Country Back From Foreign Words!

Katie Halper | Posted 09.21.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Arizona who are fighting to keep our language free of foreign influence, I have singled out 10 words of Arabic origin and offered good old fashioned American language names for them.

What of Persian and the Lingua Franca of the New Century?

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

What of the sway of Persian, or for that matter, any other language in today's world? It is language capable of 'selling' to an increasingly aware world-population that will be triumphant in the 21st century.

Caged Lion: Explorating Egyptian Identity Pre- & Post-Revolution

Posted 08.07.2011 | Arts

Since its inception, art history has provided a lens for cultural events and this time Mohamed Abou El Naga’s solo exhibition “The Lion” serves ...

The Future Depends On What The Meaning of "Was" Was

Dr. Naif A. Al-Mutawa | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Dr. Naif A. Al-Mutawa

The Arab world should teach subjects in the language that mirrors the language spoken at home. From creative writing to the sciences, the language of the family should be the language of education.

Media Live Up to Name as Game Changers in Spreading Arab Revolutions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Any invasion of armies today is being met with an equally hard-hitting invasion of media to cover unfolding events -- often to the consternation of those who seek to suppress people.